Rich Customization Offered for SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Sites

REDMOND, Wash., July 14, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft® Office SharePoint (TM) Portal Server 2003 customers will now be able to customize their portal sites (in addition to Windows® SharePoint Services sites) with Microsoft Office FrontPage®
2003. The advance makes it possible for both professional developers and general business users of the highly popular and powerful FrontPage to quickly create more-unique portals that take greater advantage of information and data elsewhere in the organization or beyond.

“Out-of-the-box customization of SharePoint using Web Parts gets even richer with FrontPage 2003,”
said Nancy McSharry Jensen, group product manager for SharePoint at Microsoft.
“The No. 1 request we receive from users of SharePoint is the ability to customize their sites. Now with FrontPage they can not only completely customize the design of their site, but also can take greater advantage of Web Parts and the new Web page components, and can create dynamic, data-driven portals using the familiar, easy-to-use WYSIWYG FrontPage editor.”

Web Part Functionality Enables SharePoint Portal Server Customization

Users will be able to do the following:

  • Create custom Web Part pages, based on the drag-and-drop functionality of reusable Web Parts, which connect to information or applications elsewhere in the organization

  • Use Web Part connections to build solutions that span multiple Web Parts pages

  • Add, edit and configure Web Part zones — even without starting FrontPage

  • Save custom Web Parts to a site catalog for easy reuse

Dynamic, Data-Driven Functionality Includes XSLT, Web Packages and More

Users will be able to do the following:

  • Use live XSLT Data Views to bring external data into SharePoint Portal sites. The WYSIWYG XSLT editor in FrontPage makes it easy to create sites that connect to XML files, Web services and OLE DB data sources.

  • Easily deploy data-driven pages on new Web sites using Web packages and reusable collections of Web pages

  • Create Web logs, issue-tracking lists, and news and reviews sites with just a few mouse clicks, and post them to the Web using just their browser

Availability

The features in FrontPage 2003 that enable customization of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 are found in the Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Technical Refresh, which also includes the latest versions of both products. Customers interested in trying the Microsoft Office System can learn more and sign up to receive the latest prerelease software at http://officebeta.microsoft.com/officeupdate/ . The final release of the product will be in summer 2003; pricing will be announced at that time.

About the Microsoft Office System

The Microsoft Office System is an easy way to help more people use information to positively impact their business. Through a system of familiar and easy-to-use programs, servers and services, users can connect people and organizations to information, business processes and each other — helping ensure that they derive the most value out of information. The Microsoft Office System consists of Microsoft Office 2003 Editions, Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003, the Microsoft Office InfoPath (TM) 2003 information-gathering program, the Microsoft Office OneNote (TM) 2003 note-taking program, Microsoft Office Project and Microsoft Office Project Server, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, Microsoft Office Real-Time Communications Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office Visio®
2003. Enabling technologies, such as Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Windows Server (TM) 2003 and Exchange Server 2003, enhance the features and functionality of products in the Microsoft Office System.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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